A simple, small town man inherits a massive fortune, making him the target for scammers and publicity-seekers. Overwhelmed by the turn his life has taken, and awoken to another use for his new-found fortune, he makes a momentous decision.
A young man in love with a girl from a rich family finds his unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother.
Longfellow Deeds lives in a small town, leading a small town kind of life - including playing the tuba in the town band. When a relative dies and leaves Deeds a fortune, Longfellow picks up his tuba and moves to the big city where he becomes an instant target for everyone from the greedy opera committee to the sensationist daily newspaper. Deeds outwits them all until Babe Bennett comes along. Babe is a hot-shot reporter who figures the best way to get close to Deeds is to pose as a damsel in distress. When small-town boy meets big-city girl anything can, and does, happen.Written by
Although Frank Capra always boasted that he never went over budget, this came in five percent over budget, mainly because he shot from more different angles than he had on his earlier films. See more »
When Jean Arthur is playing the rhythm for Old Folks at Home and Gary Cooper is making like a tuba playing Dvorak's Humoresque, Cooper makes hand motions as if he were playing a trombone, not a tuba. See more »
Hand me my pants. I wrote her phone number on a piece of paper.
You have no pants, sir. You came home last night without them.
I did what?
As a matter of fact, you came home without any clothes at all. You were in your shorts. Yes, sir.
Don't be silly, Walter. I couldn't walk around on the streets without any clothes. I'd be arrested.
That's what the two policemen said, sir.
What two policemen?
The ones who brought you home, sir. They said you and another gentleman kept walking up and down the ...
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Winthrop Oliver Warner (a studio musician) actually played the tuba for the film. See more »
I should confess before writing this review. Haven't I seen this movie before, I wouldn't be able to point out most handsome actor in Hollywood ever. Yes, Gary Cooper is one of the most handsome actors I've seen. He delivers his skills with effervescent and attractive face emotions that anyone could fall in love with.
Now, the story revolves around some pixilated guy who has so charming skills to talk with people that anyone can easily get attracted to his simplicity, soberness and faithfulness. A guy who's been living in a small town with not much of important aspects ever faced has to move to the town and face modern societal structure and its aftermath. Now, one important message this film tries to share is-"However smart, sharp or deceit a town can be, a person who has everything good in him, everything elegant in him, can never be affected in a bad way until he himself tries to degrade him."
Frank Capra has taken so lively, so real, so effective issue in 1930s,that is still applicable to this 21st century. A guy who sounds simple, looks simple does one pixilated thing that looks a psychologically mad thing to others. But in real, that only thing helps him to be brave, neat and adroit to solve one in a million case of deceit against him. That proves that however a bad state is revolving around anyone, if you stay simple, be free from wrongs, you can easily down the impossible against you.
Coming to the movie, Gary Cooper is simply super. He has shown how a simple actor can manage a whole movie without any high-class techniques. Jean Arthur is cute as well as compelling. She delivers the most than she is expected of. Worth seeing an actress in a movie which requires a punchy role and also delivers the same without forcing too much. She was just natural into the frames. Director Frank Capra should be praised for bringing out most real issue on the screens to depict the reality of big cities and how easily one can live to the most. As simple as it is, this movie remains one of the most charming and funny movie of 1930's. The courtroom drama is shown well enough and humor is added rightly to make the audience engaged to get the required message in an enchanting way. With few of its flaws in the first half in acting and technical aspects, this remains one of a gem.
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